Question regarding symptoms following an acute attack?

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Linda

Princeton, NJ

#1 Aug 2, 2007
Approximately 4 weeks ago I was hospitalized for an acute, severe attack of diverticulitis. I went off antibiotics 3 days ago. My repeat catscan 7 days ago showed marked improved (Radiologist said is was almost that of a "normal person") and my CBC's were in normal range. However, now I am feeling a burning sensation right where I know the pocket is, but no other pain or discomfort. I can't determine if this is just healing (and my intestine is getting use to normal flora) or if the infection is back. For my 1st attack I didn't feel much pain until it was way too late and didn't have a fever!! I don't feel pain...just the mild to moderate burning. I suppose I could get another CBC test and constantly check my temp. to see any indication of infection.

Has burning been a normal part of the healing process for anyone else?

Are there any other hypochondriacs out there who pester their Drs. as much as I do? If I had it my way, I'd set up regular appts. with Quest lab to check my CBC's to prevent an acute attack/hospitalization:)
Thanks!
Janet

Montclair, NJ

#2 Aug 10, 2007
Linda wrote:
Approximately 4 weeks ago I was hospitalized for an acute, severe attack of diverticulitis. I went off antibiotics 3 days ago. My repeat catscan 7 days ago showed marked improved (Radiologist said is was almost that of a "normal person") and my CBC's were in normal range. However, now I am feeling a burning sensation right where I know the pocket is, but no other pain or discomfort. I can't determine if this is just healing (and my intestine is getting use to normal flora) or if the infection is back. For my 1st attack I didn't feel much pain until it was way too late and didn't have a fever!! I don't feel pain...just the mild to moderate burning. I suppose I could get another CBC test and constantly check my temp. to see any indication of infection.
Has burning been a normal part of the healing process for anyone else?
Are there any other hypochondriacs out there who pester their Drs. as much as I do? If I had it my way, I'd set up regular appts. with Quest lab to check my CBC's to prevent an acute attack/hospitalization:)
Thanks!
How many attacks have you had? I have had two and after my first had a CAT scan two years later with no sign of diverticulosis at all.
Has your doctor recommended surgery?
slnorton

Wentzville, MO

#3 Aug 13, 2007
Linda,

I have the exact same feeling. Got off meds yesterday after being hospitalized with first attack. Went to doctor today, he said he thought it was normal, but after some heavy lifting today, not so sure. Burning sensation exactly where the serious pain was, and I do mean serious. VERY frustrated and scared. How are you fairing now?
Linda

West Simsbury, CT

#4 Aug 13, 2007
Hi Janet and Slnorton, Thanks for writing back. I wish you both very much luck.

This was my very first attack. I'm 37, work out 10 hours a week, have a very healthy diet, and no comorbidities. My primary Dr. at the hospital was a surgeon, therefore, he followed me post discharge for two weeks. He recommended surgery given the obvious algorithm: young, acute severe attack.

I am really disappointed at how little nutritional information is given...it's so generic and I believe this misinformation is what caused me to need a second round of antibiotics. It was ridiculous to think I could eat red meat 2 weeks following the type of attack I had!!!

I then contacted another Dr (2nd opinion) Homeopath, Acupuncturist, and Energy healer. I of course followed tx in line with my western Drs! I have completely changed my diet(not a big deal, I wanted to do this anyway:) I have to admit, I was pretty lazy about cooking.

On a positive note, now that I'm teetering on the other side of this horrible experience, I've had a bit of a transformation. Aside from being sooo, sooo greatful to be alive (w/o perforation) and not have a bag!! I've met tons of really healthy people in native american healing circles and yoga classes (which I probably wouldn't have taken). I had a month off work to comletley veg and pamper myself and get into my more intrisic practices. And I'm now eating a great balanced diet (organic, no presevatives, etc), I'm not having that occassional glass of wine, no refined sugar, and really small meals with ckn, fish, tofu. I'm finding all kinds of great foods...who knew Royal Jelly was made for the Queen Bee and has EVERY B vitamin needed for humans! Let's hope this works...if it doesn't I'm really up the creek!!!

At the moment I feel great, just a little tired and some occ. cramping as I'm transition from soluble to insouluble fiber. I don't care how slow I have to go or what I need change in my life, I want to avoid surgery at all costs!.

The most helpful things for me were my acupuncturist, keeping a very bland diet 6 weeks post discharge, good quality probiotics (those that reguire that they be kept cold and in a dark bottle)

Please let me know what's worked for you ladies. I'd love to know. Thanks

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